January 26, 2013

Drake, Owlbear

Lord Anton, upon learning that the other founding lords had left the capital to hunt down marauding trolls, went out in search of them and located them several days later. Since the troll leader was dead and the remaining trolls either slain or routed, the party of adventurers headed out to explore more territory.
After a day, the hardy adventurers came across an area of the forest with a large area of trees flattened across the ground. Annie found a spike, which she determined was from a drake. Annie summoned two lantern archons to fly ahead and scope out the area. One returned and reported that a large burrowing creature had seen the archons and was burrowing its way towards the party. Several moments later, the creature (hodag) erupted from the ground and assaulted the party. Within a round, the creature was dead.
The party continued to explore. A few nights later, while the party slept and Craig kept watch, a frost drake swept in and blasted the party. It was immediately followed by a forest drake. The party scattered our of the lingering gas cloud. With the party gravely injured, Craig yelled that the party was willing to pay good gold for its lives if the drakes would cease their assault, but the drakes chose to maintain the attack. The party assaulted the drakes with missile weapons and spells. The frost drake swooped down to grab Canicus the gnome, but in so doing, left itself open to Anton’s charge. Anton skewered the drake, which fell to the ground. The forest drake swore vengeance and burrowed into the ground where the party could not find it.
The party, fearing that the drake would take its vengeance out on their capital city, decided to head home. This is when they notice a trail of smoke, visible from over thirty miles away, from the general direction of the capital.
When the party arrived at the capital, they were greeted with a scene of chaos. Different parts of the city were ablaze, residents were weeping and frightened,and many citizens were dead. The people told the lords of a terrible, 20’ tall owlbear that had attacked the city. It destroyed the northern city wall,demolished three other buildings including part of the castle, and killed upwards of a thousand people. The city guards were unable to stop it, and many died in the process. After taking in the scene, the lords lept into action. Annie retrieved the Lyre of Building and set out to repair the damaged castle. Dravik and Jared organized the injured and proceeded to tend to their wounds. The others organized citizens to put out the fires and repair what could be repaired. The dead were buried in a new graveyard. Jhod, the kingdom’s Warder, was killed in the attack. Fortunately, he had previously entreated with a planar ally to assist him in a time of need, and this planar ally arrived to raise Jhod from the dead. Jhod explained to the founding lords that the city was attacked by a giant, magically-enraged owlbear. His magics were unable to remove the curse, and he had been slain in the process. The owlbear needed to be put down. Nothing less would ease the fears of the townfolk.
The party followed the trail of the owlbear, which was not difficult because it left a trail of broken limbs and knocked down trees. The party followed it for many, many miles until they reached a large cave. The party decided to kite the owlbear if they could; however, perhaps it was asleep in the cave, since it did not come out when the party approached. Anton guided his riding dog Princess into the cave, lighting the way with his magically glowing weapon. He was surprised when two fungi in the cavern started shrieking, and two others lashed out with their fungal limbs. However, the worst was yet to come. The dreaded owlbear charged out of the cave, grabbed Anton off Princess’s back, and hurled him into the cave. Anton, severely injured and absent his mount, ran through the cave and dove into a pool of water to escape the owlbear. The pool led up to a small passage, which collapsed when Anton entered it. Anton fell twenty feet into a cave filled with green slime. Luckily, Anton was able to climb out of the slimb and scrape it off at the cost of his boots.
Meanwhile, the party waited outside and to the side of the cave opening. They could not see what was happening, and they could not hear what was happening because of the shrieking noise. However, after a while, noticing that Anton had not lured the owlbear out of the cave, the party ventured to the cave opening and discovered Anton was missing. Tibbers, Annie’s eidolon, entered the cave to attack the fungus, and Canicus fireballed them. Upon failing to catch the halfing (Anton), the owlbear returned to the cave entrance, grabbed Tibbers, and threw him to the side. Dravik summoned spritual weapons and allies to attack the owlbear. Tibbers blocked the cave opening giving Annie, Jarad, and Canicus time to run away or fly up. Dravik however, failed to fly high enough, and the owlbear strode past Tibbers, grabbed Dravik, and threw him to the ground. Craig ran to flank the owlbear, was wounded for his efforts in approaching, and missed his mark. Tibbers followed the owlbear and attacked, as the owlbear appeared to ignore his approach. The owlbear seemed to focus only on the humanoids. Canicus wounded the owlbear with a magical fire attack, and Dravik chose to heal himself, Craig, and Tibbers with a positive energy burst, for fleeing might provoke an attack of opportunity, and the owlbear would then savage Craig. Thank the gods for the healing, because the owlbear attacked, dropping first Dravik and then Craig. Jared dropped the owlbear with two arrows, and Tibbers made sure it was dead. Jarad ran up, channeled positive energy in a burst, and he and Dravik (now conscious) healed the party. They then reentered the cave, slew the the remaining fungus and shambling mounds, and rescued Anton. The party found a magic ring of beastial control and some other miscellaneous treasure, including a map of the Greenbelt.



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